DBS has partnered with The Sandbox, a decentralised gaming virtual world and a subsidiary of  Animoca Brands , to create DBS BetterWorld, an interactive metaverse experience showcasing the importance of building a better, more sustainable world, and inviting others to come alongside. The deal also marks a new milestone in DBS’ journey to continually explore the potential of Web 3.0 opportunities to benefit its customers and the broader community.

Under the partnership, DBS will acquire a 3x3 plot of LAND – a unit of virtual real estate in The Sandbox metaverse – which will be developed with immersive elements. Piyush Gupta, CEO of DBS, said over the last decade, the biggest changes in the world of finance have been catalysed by digital advancements. He added that in the coming decade, driven by new technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain, those shifts have the potential to be even more profound.

"Metaverse technology, while still evolving, could also fundamentally change the way banks interact with customers and communities," he said. “Given the speed of change, experimenting and learning-by-doing enables us to best test the potential of various technologies. Our partnership with The Sandbox and Animoca Brands marks the start of an exciting collaboration as we push the boundaries of what is possible in the metaverse. We also look forward to harnessing it as an additional innovative platform to spread the word on important ESG issues and to shine a spotlight on communities and partners doing good work to address them,” Gupta said.

Sebastian Paredes, CEO of DBS Hong Kong, said the metaverse presents exciting opportunities to redefine how people live, work and engage with each other. "We have been getting our feet wet in this space, and our very own young technologists have been given the freedom to develop experimental concepts on the metaverse. With today’s partnership, we have an excellent opportunity for our young talent to be deeply involved in developing a compelling and meaningful use case on The Sandbox. This also contributes to our ongoing effort to groom the next generation of tech talent who will eventually lead DBS in tapping on new and emerging technologies to usher in the future of banking," he said. 

Yat Siu, co-founder and executive chairman of Animoca Brands, said, "DBS Bank has long been recognised as one of the most innovative banks across the world for its digital banking initiatives and the use of emerging technologies. We are absolutely thrilled to co-create the future of open metaverse with DBS Bank on this collaboration with our subsidiary The Sandbox.”

Sebastien Borget, COO and co-founder of The Sandbox, said, “We welcome DBS to The Sandbox as the first bank in Singapore to step into the open metaverse and join our efforts to create the SingaporeVerse, a neighbourhood on our virtual map that will bring the culture of Singapore to life in the metaverse in a very engaging, equitable, inclusive way that is open to all. ESG issues are important to us, and we look forward to collaborating on an experience that invites our audience to make a positive global impact, to discover the creative possibilities of our platform, and maybe to find their next life-changing opportunity in the metaverse.”

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